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Covering for the BossesLabor and the Southern Press$
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Joseph B. Atkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110805.001.0001

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Labor, Civil Rights, and Memphis

Labor, Civil Rights, and Memphis

(p.64) Chapter 4 Labor, Civil Rights, and Memphis
Covering for the Bosses

Joseph B. Atkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the relationship between the civil rights movement and the labor movement in the South. It explains that the civil rights movement was largely influenced by the labor movements in the South, which were organized by labor leaders John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther, and A. Phillip Randolph. It notes that the relationship between civil rights and labor is still important in achieving their respective goals, as seen in July 2006 when labor and civil rights advocates gathered to proclaim the importance of one another in advancing the cause of social justice.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, labor, labor leaders, social justice, John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther, A. Phillip Randolph

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